Acer Reveals Its First HDMI 2.1 Monitor, Capable Of 4K And 144Hz

Ahead of CES 2021, Acer has unveiled its new lineup of gaming monitors, including one with HDMI 2.1 that should work great with the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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CES 2021 is days away, but Acer has gotten ahead of the new tech announcements with one of its own. The company unveiled its May lineup of gaming monitors, including one that boasts HDMI 2.1, the technology that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S both use to output 4K and 120Hz. The Acer Nitro XV282K KV will be the company's first HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor, and among the first to release in general, as the technology is just now being adopted by monitors.

The HDMI 2.1-capable Acer Nitro gaming monitor features a 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and $900 price tag. While the PS5 and Xbox Series X may be more widely used with this monitor, users who are able to snag an RTX 3000 series graphics card will also be able to make use of the HDMI 2.1 tech. And while HDMI 2.1 offers its own VRR (variable refresh rate) technology, it will also support FreeSync Premium for PC gaming with DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 cables--though your features will be limited with the latter. Potential buyers can also expect HDR600.

Acer Nitro XV282K KV gaming monitor

$900

Acer Nitro XV282K KV gaming monitor
Acer Nitro XV282K KV gaming monitor

Acer also unveiled two other monitors, neither of which feature HDMI 2.1. The first is the Acer Predator XB273U NX, which boasts an IPS panel, 1440p resolution, and a 240Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 275Hz. It costs $1,100 and features HDR400, G-Sync compatibility, and Nvidia's Reflex latency analyzer technology that is purported to help detect where your setup has latency, giving you an idea of what to improve.

The third monitor is the Acer Predator XB323QK NV IPS gaming monitor, which costs $1,200 and provides 4K and 144Hz with HDR400 and G-Sync compatibility. If you're looking for a crisper image with a refresh rate that's still very fast, then the XB323QK sounds like a great option.

All three monitors are set for May release dates, and we'll be sure to report back when they're made available. It's unclear if there will be a preorder phase for the Acer Nitro HDMI 2.1 monitor. If you're looking for an HDMI 2.1 display that's available right now, check out our guide to the best 4K TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X. There are a number of televisions that feature the technology and boast superb images.

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I went through 144Hz IPS HDR400 on a Gigabyte AD27QD, 240Hz VA HDR1000 on a Samsung Odyssey G9, and I'm now on an 120Hz LG OLED48CX, which I'll definitely keep.

120Hz is more than enough for an average gamer like myself, and playing HDR games on the OLED is on a whole other level when compared to HDR400 or HDR1000 that's used on the monitors below 2000-3000$, for which the dimming zones number in the hundreds.

Not to mention the Samsung Odyssey G9 has many hardware problems (just look around on the web, too many to go into here). But costs just as much as the above mentioned OLED screen. It's HDR1000 is nothing compared to the OLED's, even if it offers 800-900 nits, which is more than the OLED's 600-700nits. The bad implementation of dimming zones (has only 10 vertical zones), that leads to low contrast values, makes a huge difference for HDR.

Even Assassin's Creed Valhalla, that many around the web say has bad/broken HDR implementation, looks amazing on the OLED - night and day difference from the monitors mentioned above.

Hell, even enabling the infamous HDR option in Windows 10 looks a lot better than it does on the monitors.

I, for one, wouldn't go back to a "normal" screen monitor, this OLED TV is simply amazing, nothing like it in 1500$ price range or below :)

Most certainly, i wouldn't pay 1200$ for one of those Acers, given what i'm looking for in a monitor (notably, the lack of need of a higher refresh rate than 120Hz)

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I do not need a 240fps monitor, or even one above 120 mhz. But I really love my IPS monitor I got in 2018 that goes 75mhz very smooth with HDR.

The colors are breathtaking, and since I mostly play RPGs, adventure games, MMORPGs these picturesque 'games' just seem to come to life on a IPS panel. I cannot go back to a VA, TN panel that seem to have a fog over them, that cannot go from green to yellow to shadow without an audible cry of pain. Or that only see games in grey or white.

Monitors are so much better then TVs because of the pixel density, and color accuracy, and a monitor that can reproduce color as accurately as my BenQ IPS monitor is like night and day. Do yourself a favor and try an IPS monitor.- one that is correctly calibrated as well. HDR also looks really good.

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The Predator XB273U sounds like an interesting deal... The price tag is a bit steep for a 2K monitor, but the 240+ FPS sounds nice, especially for 2K. I'm all about frames, so i wouldn't mind picking this up...

It's going to be hard to ditch my ultrawide though...

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@j3diknightdave: I agree as I am not into spending over $500 for an monitor and I use ultra wide monitors and have no problems with them.

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